Top speed of a road legal supercar with a fire breathing engine under the hood is possibly the most superficial bit about it as most of the owners never even remotely reach near to the magical figure of 200mph, but nevertheless for decades its considered as the holy grail of the automotive industry, and least of all it gives some massive bragging rights at the bar. Year after year automakers tirelessly work on their creations to extract that last bit of juice and bag the title of the world’s fastest production car. We take a look at the top 10 of these engineering marvels that have etched their place in the motoring history. Some of these have earned – yes, earned – themselves the fastest speeding tickets ever in the history and have broken records after records with their physics-defying mechanics.
10. Gumpert Apollo
Top Speed: 223 mph – Made famous by the Top Gear show, the Gumpert Apollo might not share the same kind of limelight that Lamborghini or Pagani gets, but when it comes to adrenaline pumping tarmac ripping fun, the supercar does not fail to deliver. Built by a lesser know German company with a ridiculously big name ‘Sportwagenmanufaktur’, the Gumpert Apollo made a debut at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show and quickly shot into fame by bragging a top speed of 223mph. Gumpert even claim that the design of the Apollo is optimized to make enough downforce for the car to drive upside down in a tunnel, bur sadly enough it was never tested.
How does it do it? It is built on the classic supercar philosophy of lightweight body-shell and insanely powerful engine. The Gumpert Apollo is powered by a 4163cc bi-turbo intercooled version of the Audi V8 engine which has been tuned to produce 650hp for the base variant. But the curb weight of the supercar is 1100Kg (2,400lbs) which helps it to reach the top speed of 223mph.
Price – Gumpert has run into financial troubles and the production line for the Apollo stopped in 2012, but the base variant was priced at $340,000.